Friday, February 22, 2019

S.E.X. Review~ Reunited by Andrew Grey

Back in high school, nobody noticed quiet nerd Kevin Howard.

But everybody noticed handsome, athletic, and ultrapopular jock Clay Northrup.

They had nothing in common and lived in different worlds.

But a lot can change in fifteen years, and when they meet again at their high school reunion, Clay is no longer the big man on campus, and Kevin isn’t hiding in a corner anymore.

Can they put aside who they were? Can one night really lead to forever?

Reunited by Andrew Grey was a sweet, short read that left me yearning for more. Self-made man, Kevin reunited with Clay, the once young man he pined for in high school. At their 15 year school reunion, the two met again, along with some interesting secondary characters.

Given the short read, and the fact the entire storyline took place in one night, Mr. Grey was able to pack quite a punch and deliver a HFN. I truly hope we get to see Clay and Kevin in the future with a full length novel. I enjoyed both main characters and their personalities, but needed more. More about their past, Clay’s son, and the others which spiced up the class reunion.

Andrew Grey, a prolific writer and wonderful story writer, always makes my day when reading his works. Whether a wonderful series, or a short read, Reunited was worth the half hour out of your busy day to read.

Frisky but Nothing too Kinky
A three and a half handcuff review

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2019 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.

S.E.X. Spotlight~ Step Up With Me by Kris Jacen



Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | MLR Press

Length: 45,000 words approx.

Publisher: MLR Press

With Me Series

Book #1 - Wait For Me - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 - Explore With Me - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #3 - Learn With Me - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #4 - Challenge Me - Amazon US | Amazon UK

Blurb

Richard “Tank” Martin was a big boy from the start. Born weighing over 11 pounds, he didn’t stop growing. When he was in middle school, a football coach took him under his wing and finally explained to him the mystery of calories in, calories out and from then on it was all good for him. At least he thought. Being called to meet with his platoon sergeant and told that he was now part of the Army’s overweight program, sent him into a spin that only his crews can help him out of.

Dr. Jack Dillon thought his life was good and finally settled. Part of an active veterinarian practice, volunteering with a service dog organization, spoiling his sister’s triplets and training in sports jui-jitsu…the only this missing was a partner. He never thought that his world could be shattered with just a phone call even after being around his military friends.

Tank and Jack have been dancing around each other for months until Tank takes a chance and kisses Jack at their friends’ wedding moving their slow dance into a heated bump and grind. Can these two survive the changes coming their ways together or will all the changes break them apart?

About the Author

Kris Jacen grew up just north of Boston, Massachusetts, met her soldier in high school but didn’t marry him until almost ten years later. She moved around with him and their daughters (born in two different states thanks to the Army) for the first 19 years of their marriage (they celebrated their silver anniversary in 2018) before settling in western New York.

She has been the Editor in Chief and Formatting Director for ManLoveRomance Press and its imprints since January of 2008 and has never looked back. Working with the amazing authors at MLR has allowed her to both hone her editorial skills and indulge her inner fangirl. She also acts as editor, mentor and sounding-board for newcomers which lets her “pay-it-forward” and help authors realize their dreams.

You can find out more about Kris on her website www.krisjacen.com.



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2019 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

S.E.X. Review~ Challenge Me by Kris Jacen

Briar Mason joined the Army to find himself after he believed the lies that had gone around about his best friend, Carter, and his sister. He should have known that Carter wouldn't do those things but family was family, right? He'll find out who his real family is when he's injured and sent back to the states.

Not-telling-you-my-first-name Randolph was about to hit ten years in the Army and had some amazing assignments but one had eluded him until now รข€“ Ranger School. Coming from being assigned to the Presidential Salute Battery was going to be the best thing for him since training was emphasized. Should be easy, right?

Briar and Randolph met when Briar had stopped to apologize to Carter and Randolph was in full-on protective mode. Can these two find a middle ground while challenging themselves and each other to be better?



Challenge Me by Kris Jacen was a nice treat with a superficial look into the lives of military men, women, and the family they chose. Randolph (Brand) and Briar were the main characters in this addition to the With Me series. I enjoyed the trials and tribulations the author penned and the resolutions which followed.

Both men were loving and cared not only for each other but those in their “family”. The pace of the book was not rushed, but lacked some depth and quickly glossed over the main issues~ everything was resolved within a few pages before the next thing arose and was resolved. Loved the insertion of the service dog BB; any story with a dog is a winner in my book, but once again the reality of receiving said dog was resolved in a few paragraphs. 

While I enjoyed Challenge Me, as well as the previous books in the series, this one left me wanting for more.

Frisky but Nothing too Kinky
A three handcuff review

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2019 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.

Friday, February 15, 2019

S.E.X. Review~ Commander's Weakness by Caitlyn Fournier

Axel takes over the commanding position at a concentration camp as the commander has business at the capital and will be away for a few months.
The other soldiers mention about how hard it is to meet good women and one mentions a flyer about a company called Single Status for the well off, Axel is disinterested until a note is found on his door that was written on the back of one of the ads and finds a young male prisoner tied up and bleeding out in his upstairs bathroom.
Forced into a rouse of tormentor and tormentee they have to evade the suspicions of the other Nazi soldiers until they can manage to make their escape.
The only problem with the escape plan? They hadn't counted on love.

This Valentine's Day being single is all the rage. At least that's what the website, Single Status says and they're not trying to set you up with your special someone. But, instead, give you the time of your life. Sign up a family member, a friend or join yourself. Single Status will send an anonymous letter with details of an activity for the day. #ValentinesDayIsntJustForCouples.
Read stories from 13 of your favorite authors in this brand new Valentine's series. Follow characters as they receive instructions from Single Status and navigate their love lives in tales of varying degrees of romantic heat. 
Grab one a day from February 1-13th, 2019!




The anthology Single on Valentine’s Day was a collection of novelettes revolving around Single Status, a web based company offering the single man or woman on Valentine’s Day, the time of their life. I already read one of the books by another author and loved its premise and storyline. As a fan of M/M, I looked forward to Commander’s Weakness, even though I’d never previously read author Caitlyn Fournier. Unfortunately the book was a disappointment on a variety of levels.

How does one find a connection between Valentine’s Day and a concentration camp? Or the tag line “helping you find the time of your life” in a concentration camp? Not possible!   Never have those two ideas melded together to create a romantic novelette.

I was appalled that an author would write a Single Status romance with a tortuous premise. Of scrubbing down bloody floors and tiles and then feeling hungry, as if you’d just decided to dust the furniture. Furthermore, wondering if your “house companion” was hungry, when he was dropped off tortured- bloody and beaten- as if it was your cousin come a visiting?
Nazi concentration camp commander Axel, a gay man who hid his proclivities, was strangely attracted to Wilhelm, concentration camp prisoner. Axel was 27, Wilhelm 17.

The author denoted Wilhelm had been in the camp for three years, captured at the age of 14. Once again, I am not sure where the author’s head was when she paired a 17 year old trauma victim with a 27 year old Nazi? A physically, emotionally, and psychologically damaged person cannot consent to a sexual affair- even if he initiated the act. The precipitated traumatization leaves a person incapable of making sound decisions- consent does not validate the sexual act.

An editing nightmare with third person to first person, language not commonly used in a 1940s storyline and footnotes throughout. Furthermore, a web based site would not have existed in 1945, the basis of the attraction to the anthology, amongst other inaccurate historical elements.

I found the book insensitive and ill tasting; no amount of trigger warnings- if there were any, would have salvaged this read.

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2019 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

S.E.X. Review~ Hands On by Dakota Trace

Single on Valentine’s Day. What a horrible thought – well not really as far as Seraphina Blackburn is concerned. It’s just another commercial holiday done up by jewelry and chocolate companies to sell tons of over-priced crap. She ought to know, considering she makes a living as a high-priced ad executive, who just finished a multi-million-dollar ad campaign for one of said companies. All she’s looking forward to this Valentine’s Day is her annual appointment with the professional dominant who will turn her bottom rosier than any dang valentine – no strings attached – particularly romantic ones. All she has to do is to arrange her date. The only thing stopping her is Caden King – her new sexier-than-hell-but-nearly-ten-years-younger-than-her’ assistant. 

Caden King didn’t just graduate at the top of his class from Princeton for nothing. He might be starting out as some ice queen’s lackey, but he had the determination and the drive to make it to the top – including blatant eavesdropping when the opportunity arose. Much to his surprise, his frosty boss isn’t as bitchy as he originally assumed – just a bratty submissive who needs a firm hand to remind her of her place. While he might not be the boss at the work, in the bedroom he ruled. Seraphina was about to be educated about what happens to subs who ignore their own needs - with the help of Single Status, she was about to receive some hands-on training she’d never forget. 

This Valentine's Day being single is all the rage. At least that's what the website, Single Status says and they're not trying to set you up with your special someone. But, instead, give you the time of your life. Sign up a family member, a friend or join yourself. Single Status will send an anonymous letter with details of an activity for the day.



Dakota Trace has done it again with her Valentine short and HFN, Hands On. What’s a girl to do when she’s a tiger in the board room but the desire to submit in the bedroom runs hard beneath the surface? The only thing left is to seek out Single Status for a submissively good time of her life~ even if it’s only for one day.

Seraphina was a well-rounded character brought to life by Ms. Trace and her ability to write strong women into her stories. A sense of realism permeated throughout the story as the main character sought to assuage her kink, all the while being true to her nature both as the highly sought after ad exec and the wish to submit after lights out.

Caden, a member of Seraphina’s team, and a dominant with a ‘thing’ for the lovely exec queen, knew just where his needs were best laid~ assisting Seraphina find her submissiveness through the help of Single Status.

The twists and turns of the sexily led scavenger hunt added a new dimension to the short HFN, allowing enough information to be divulged while holding interest. Furthermore, the doors were led open for the author to continue the storyline by delving more into the lives of Seraphina and Caden. Not all tales can be told in one hundred pages or less, as life is not always wrapped in a red bow. But, Ms. Trace left enough on the table to entice her readers to return for additional installments. The characters were real, flawed, and relatable.

Another winner by the queen of sexy.

Definite S.E.X.
A five handcuff review

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2019 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

S.E.X. Review~ You. Forever. Always. ~ K.A. Merikan

---Years of loving in secret. Now the secret’s out.---


Mage. Reasonable. Mature. In love with his best friend’s little brother.
Dawn. Painfully shy. Crazy talented. An anxious cinnamon roll in need of protection.

Mage has always been Dawn’s hero. He’s been there for him when Dawn was bullied, when Dawn came out, and when he joined The Underdogs. He’s also been Dawn’s first and only love—painfully unrequited, since Mage is straight. But that’s only for the better, because they’re bandmates, and Dawn’s brother is Mage’s best friend. 

It would all be too intense, too complicated, too real. 

But then one drunken kiss proves Mage might not be as straight as he seemed, and their whole world turns upside down. Even though Dawn craves Mage’s love so much his heart could burst, his shyness stands in the way of any future they could share.

While they have to keep their budding relationship under wraps and they prepare to sign a major record deal, Dawn’s anxiety gets out of control. Mage will have to choose between the success he’s always craved and the love of his life.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:
Themes: rock band, bandmates romance, older brother’s best friend, coming out, bisexuality, first love, anxiety, compromise, music, secret love
Genre: Contemporary M/M Rocker Romance
Heat level: sweet, explicit scenes
Length: ~50,000 words (Can be read as standalone, HEA)



You. Forever. Always. by authors K.A. Merikan was a rocking sweet tale featuring Mage and Dawn. Book 3 in The Underdogs series, and a standalone, Dawn loved his brother’s best friend since he was a teen. Mage always took care of the shy, introverted and gangly teen and watched him become a shy and quiet man with a sweet and giving nature. Mage fell for Dawn, but chose not to pursue a relationship sans adding a new piece to the band’s dynamics.

I enjoyed the story, and I believed the authors did a nice job portraying Dawn’s anxiety. His debilitating nature left him shell shocked and panic stricken, only to be assuaged by Mage’s calming nature or until he passed out with stress. The budding relationship and the next step between Mage and Dawn was sweet and sensitive.

At times I found the other band members attitudes or interactions callous in the face of such a sensitively written character, but I would imagine the authors attempted to demonstrate a normalcy in the world of music, melding it with the world of mental distress.

You. Forever. Always. was a nice read and worth the time.

Sexy & Sizzling
A four handcuff review

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2019 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.

Monday, February 11, 2019

S.E.X. Review~ Rebound by Andrew Grey

Series: Standalone
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance/ Sports Romance
Publisher: DreamSpinner Press
Release Date: Feb 13 2019
Edition/Format: 1st Edition/Format ~ eBook & Print
Blurb/Synopsis:
Professional basketball player Bri Early needs a physical therapist after an injury, and he’s heard that Obie is the best. Bri takes an immediate liking to the out-and-proud man with the magic touch, and even though Bri isn’t openly gay himself, he’d never let anything stand in the way of something he wants.
Obie can’t deny that the sexy athlete presses all his buttons, but he’s a professional and has no intention of getting involved with a client. While they’re working together, it’s hands off, no matter how great the temptation.
But being a pro athlete isn’t easy. Bri has enemies, and one of them is making his life hell. When his house is set ablaze, Bri can no longer pretend the threatening messages he’s receiving are jokes. He needs a safe place to stay, and Obie can’t turn his back. But the two of them in the same house is a recipe for combustion that could burn them both….



 “Don’t tense up. I’m not going to hurt you.” He kept his touch light, and soon Bri found himself relaxing once again. “So, as I was saying. You need to eat for recovery. Plenty of protein, but make it lean, chicken and fish, plus lots of vegetables and fruit. Give your body what it wants and don’t be hard on it.” He continued working gently. “And no drinking. The body wastes energy getting that out of your system.”

“So, no onion rings, then?” Bri teased with a smile.

“Oh. Those you can have all you want, especially the ones from Blooms around the corner.” Damn, Obie was teasing him back. That was unexpected. “My God, those things are my one weakness. They make them fresh, with a tempura batter that they put a little pepper in, so it has a kick. Then they serve them with ranch dressing.” Obie chuckled. “I don’t think that’s what you were getting at, though, right? But it made me hungry.”

“You?” Bri did his best to sound affronted. “Now I’m starving and the hummus and baba ghanoush I had for lunch just isn’t cutting it.”

“From Mediterranean Garden? I love it there. They make everything fresh that morning, and you can tell by the way it tastes. Yeah, you can go there all you like.”

Obie giggled, and Bri slipped his eyes open to watch him. Obie was smaller with fewer angles and more soft lines than the guys he was usually attracted to, but he was stunning. Bri mentally shook himself. He was not going to have those kinds of thoughts. Not here.

“You’re an athlete, so you know all about eating well. Be good to your body and don’t strain the rest of it.”

“Okay.” Bri let go of his curiosity and let Obie work.

“See, we only have so much juice,” he continued. “So if you strain your arm, your body has to heal both the knee and your arm. But we want all the good energy focused on your knee.” He pulled his hands away, and Bri sat up slowly. Obie handed him a small bottle of water. “Drink up. You need to flush some of the toxins I just released out of your system.” Obie stood close enough to him that his own fresh, clean scent filtered in over the lotion. Bri leaned in slightly, inhaling slowly just to get a little more. He stopped himself a second later, pushing the thought away. That was not what he came here for at all. Yeah, he was friends with Hunter and understood about the whole gay thing. But that wasn’t for him. He couldn’t risk his career that way. Bri had long ago accepted that he wasn’t going to get married. He was a bachelor, he was happy, and he’d stay that way. When he needed an itch scratched, he did so discreetly and always out of town—far out of town. Damn it all, he was not letting his mind go there.

Bri pulled the top off the water bottle and drained the contents. “Is that it?” Bri got his head back where it belonged and away from the interest that certain body parts were beginning to show.

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Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing)  He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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Andrew Grey has done it again with another sure-fire winner. Rebound was subtly sexy and hit all the right buttons.

Bri Early, basketballer extraordinaire was injured in an exhibition game but had little to no luck in his rehabilitation, partly his own fault~ a cantankerous attitude and obviously he had not found the right therapist. Enter Obie, physical therapist who took a personal interest in Bri’s recuperation.

Mr. Grey’s characterization left little doubt in his ability to write realistic personas with flaws and attributes who enhanced others in the book. Obie and Bri were down to earth, both carried trials and tribulations in their psyche and heart, and together they forged a bond which allowed them to grow professionally and personally.

The author attacked their dilemmas head on, and the twists and turns in the book made for an exciting read. Just when I thought I figured out the direction of the book, a wrench was thrown into the mix and changed everything.  The slow burn of the budding relationship was palpable and authentic. The dialogue, the interaction with each other and others, and the backdrop; all added to Rebound’s appeal.

Rebound should not be missed~ but enjoyed with a nice glass of your favorite beverage~ for a splendid bit of romance.

Definite S.E.X.
A five handcuff review


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2019 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.